Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy

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Re: Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy

#11 Post by rwilkinson » Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:04 am

It's faded down to 11th magnitude now, but is still within the scope of the BRT's Galaxy Camera (a C14 telescope operating at f/5.3):
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Stack of five Galaxy Camera images of 2-3 mins from 6th & 7th April
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The comet is moving relative to the background stars, so they each appear in several places in this composite image.

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Re: Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy

#12 Post by rwilkinson » Fri May 30, 2014 8:00 am

The comet has faded to below 12th magnitude now, and is in the south of Ophiuchus near to Scorpius.
But it's still just possible to track it using the BRT Galaxy Camera:
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C/2013 R1 on 29-May-2014. 3x 3-min (using B,V & R filters) with C14 at f/5.3
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Even the brightest stars in this field are fainter than 12th magnitude.

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Re: Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy

#13 Post by rwilkinson » Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:49 am

It's now down to 14th magnitude, but I still found it in a pair of BRT Galaxy Camera images from last night:
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Animation of comet Lovejoy on 4-Jul, from 2x 3-min images from BRT Galaxy Camera
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(the images were taken only 20 mins apart, but the 'scope did meridian flip between them)

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